Why Waldorf Education Is A Great Choice For Environmentally Conscious Parents

by 08/21/14   filed under: education, green education, green education series, green toys

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Finding decent education options for your kids is no doubt one of the most challenging and frustrating aspects of being a parent in today’s society; and we’ve spent a lot of time on Inhabitots with our Green Education Series, trying to dissect the best educational options for environmentally-minded parents. We’ve talked about Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Unschooling and other educational options, but we would be remiss not to write a special article focusing on Waldorf Education – one of the greenest and most ‘organic’ educational philosophies out there for parents who value creativity and the natural world.

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Help Build a School in India with Every Purchase of Keep Leaf Litterless Lunch Gear

by 08/21/14   filed under: education, food, green family, green kids

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Keep Leaf is a newer eco-minded company offering a range of products for babies, kids and adults, including an attractive range of “litterless” lunch gear. Keep Leaf has a few styles of lunch bags and boxes, both made from fully insulated and soft, 100% organic cotton canvas. The Lunch Bag features an interior ID card holder for special messages for your little one or contact info. The bag also has a simple and secure hook and loop closure plus a gusseted bottom that expands as you fill the bag, while allowing the bag to lay flat when empty for easy carrying and storage. The Keep Leaf Lunch Box has an exterior zippered pocket and one interior mesh pocket, great for extra storage for reusable napkins or silverware.  Keep Leaf also offers some Reusable Food Wraps that double as placemats as well as some Reusable Snack Baggies – all of which are free from lead, phthalates, and BPA. There are many fabric styles to choose from that coordinate well with other products in the line. Though, it does appear that Keep Leaf needs some more male-friendly styles. I honestly only saw two fabric styles my 13 year-old son would use, but the company is newer, so hopefully they’ll expand their collection.

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10 Kid-Friendly DIY Projects for the Home and Yard

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8 Organic School Lunchbox Meals That Can Be Prepared The Night Before

by 08/20/14   filed under: food, green kids, how-to

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ALERT: Pregnant Women Should NOT Use Antibacterial Products

by 08/20/14   filed under: green pregnancy, health & body, news, toxins

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Scientists recently reported that many pregnant women and their fetuses are being exposed to possible health problems linked to antibacterial products. The research, presented at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), is yet unpublished, but compelling. Specifically, the researchers took a closer look at how exposure to triclosan and triclocarban, two of the most commonly used antibacterials (germ-killers) in soaps and other products are affecting pregnant women and their fetuses. Benny Pycke, Ph.D. says, “We found triclosan in all of the urine samples from the pregnant women that we screened. We also detected it in about half of the umbilical cord blood samples we took, which means it transfers to fetuses. Triclocarban was also in many of the samples.” Because there’s a huge growing body of evidence that shows how these antibacterials often lead to developmental and reproductive problems in animals, the researchers are concerned that this means humans are potentially at risk for the same health issues. The bigger problem of antibacterial use, of course, is that they contribute to antibiotic resistance, an actual growing public health problem. Because antibacterial compounds are used in more than 2,000 everyday products, including toothpastes, soaps, detergents, carpets, paints, school supplies and toys, we’re looking at an almost universal exposure rate for humans.

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Cindy Crawford Pulls Her Two Kids Out of Malibu High School Due to Concerns Over Toxic Chemicals in the Classrooms

by 08/20/14   filed under: news, toxins

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As we recently reported in a previous post, a coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, scientists, experts, public figures and environmental groups from across the U.S., collectively called Malibu Unites, has been fighting to get toxins out of local Malibu schools. Now in a follow up, supermodel Cindy Crawford has taken the coalition in a national direction, speaking with NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver about Malibu Unites’ effort to get Congress to require all schools built from the 1950s through the 1970s to test for toxic PCBs in substances like window caulking. Crawford, just one concerned parent of many, has been keeping her two teens home instead of sending them to school after finding out that the schools contain elevated levels of a cancer-causing chemical. In a segment that aired on Today, Crawford notes, “I look 10 years down the line. What if my kid, God forbid, had a problem? How could I live with myself, if I knew that it was a possibility, and I still sent them to school there?” See Cindy Crawford speak on the issue after the jump.

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How Parents Can Help Change and Improve Toxic Schools

by 08/19/14   filed under: education, green kids

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New Solar-Powered Mobile Technology Helps Prevent Prenatal Deaths in India

by 08/19/14   filed under: health & body, prenatal

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According to Quartz, millions of Indians have limited to zero access to hospitals or clinical laboratories. Clearly this poses a huge problem for the population, but women especially, and more specifically pregnant women who need vital access to prenatal care. In India, women may have to travel hours simply to have a basic medical test completed. In fact, sadly, due to the lack of medical care, eight women living in Muktsar, a district in southwest Punjab, died of eclampsia in 2011. However, now a new solar-powered diagnostic “slate” has the potential to improve health care. The Swasthya Slate, a telemedicine device created in 2012 by biomedical engineer Kanav Kahol, enabled health care providers in Muktsar to test about 1,000 pregnant women annually for symptoms of eclampsia and other possible pregnancy complications. The device, which can conduct tests, offer treatment ideas and send health information to doctors, was a success even in remote areas lacking electricity.

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Parenting Dreams vs. Parenting Realities: Why It's OK to Cave in Sometimes

Parenting Dreams vs. Parenting Realities: Why It's OK to Cave in Sometimes

TweetEmailphoto by Lars Ploughmann Dream #1: Sneaking Veggies Two of my top dashed dreams on this list are food-related. I’m a cookbook author and write about cooking and…

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Transform a Hat Box into a Quaint Dollhouse!

Transform a Hat Box into a Quaint Dollhouse!

TweetEmailTalk about adorable! This sweet handmade dollhouse is the perfect rainy day project for crafty parents and kids. Made with a recycled hat box, there aren’t any…

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RaFa-kids Hip & Sustainable Furniture Collection Launched by Two Architects Turned Parents

RaFa-kids Hip & Sustainable Furniture Collection Launched by Two Architects Turned Parents

TweetEmailPlay & Function RaFa-kids designs products that inspire creativity and growth. The designers note, “We see a child’s bed not only as a place to sleep…

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Second Graders Start 'Dr. Seuss Wants You!' Campaign to Raise Money for their School Library

Second Graders Start 'Dr. Seuss Wants You!' Campaign to Raise Money for their School Library

TweetEmailWhen Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, California, lost its library last year due changes in the school district, two of the plucky second graders who attend the…

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Goodbye Baggies, Hello Kinderville Silicone Snack & Sandwich Pouches

Goodbye Baggies, Hello Kinderville Silicone Snack & Sandwich Pouches

Go waste-free when you pack your child’s school lunch with Kinderville silicone pouches. All of these pouches are free of BPA, phthalates, and lead, plus they’re super easy…

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Brinware Glass & Silicone Food Storage Containers Keep Packed Lunches Safe and Fresh

Brinware Glass & Silicone Food Storage Containers Keep Packed Lunches Safe and Fresh

TweetEmailWhen we first saw Brinware’s tempered glass dishware, boy were we impressed. Safe, beautiful, non-toxic glassware kids can use that offers the best of both…

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A Week of Bento Box Lunch Ideas for Back to School

A Week of Bento Box Lunch Ideas for Back to School

TweetEmail Bento Box Lunch: Day 1 Almond butter and honey sandwich Vanilla yogurt with sunflower seeds Sliced Pear Berries Using a cookie cutter, press a fun shape into 2…

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HOW TO: Make Your Own Natural, Effective Gripe Water Using Just Three Ingredients

HOW TO: Make Your Own Natural, Effective Gripe Water Using Just Three Ingredients

TweetEmail 1. Gather your ingredients. 1 Tbsp Fennel seeds 2 teabags of Lemon ginger or pure ginger tea (or ½ inch piece fresh gingerroot, sliced) 1 teabag of Chamomile…

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INTERVIEW: Lori Inglis Hall, Founder of 'Lori and The Caravan' on Shopping for Vintage Children's Clothing

INTERVIEW: Lori Inglis Hall, Founder of 'Lori and The Caravan' on Shopping for Vintage Children's Clothing

Those idyllic photographs of days gone by, rose-tinted and glorious. And the outfits, so sweet! Oh, nostalgia for the past! The 1950′s swing dresses, the beautiful 1960′s…

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Vintage-Style School Desks & Chairs Provide a Stylish, Sustainable Spot for Homework

Vintage-Style School Desks & Chairs Provide a Stylish, Sustainable Spot for Homework

TweetEmail These darling vintage style school desks and chairs will look great in any space and provide your child with a slick space to settle down for homework or for…

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